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Traveling to Italy with a Criminal Record.

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1. Posted by badrap (Budding Member 3 posts) 9y

Please help!

I would like to travel to Italy but have recently been charged with Break and Enter and Criminal Harrassment. My court date is at the end of May. Last Fall I ended a two year relationship with a man who was seeing 3 other women intimately, 18, 23 and 53 while we were betrothed to each other. I discovered this after the relationship ended. I am 50 and he is 45. Shortly after, I entered his home with a key I had in my possession to remove my belongings; I did not damage his home or remove anything that did not belong to me, and he had me arrested for B&E. The Criminal Harrassment was added because of emails we mutually exchanged, which were in no way threatening. The latter was dropped as there clearly there were no grounds for such a charge.

I currently live outside of Toronto and now face 18 months probation and a 5 year record for the above. Until last Fall I have never before in my life had any brushes with the law whatsoever.

Presently I have an open invitation to go to Italy, and have been completely unsuccessful in acquiring any information regarding this issue. I have called ALL the Italian Consulates in Ontario, as per my lawyer's instruction, with no option of leaving a message. Some did not even speak English. The representative at the Italian Embassy told me that as long as I have a passport, which I do, I can travel anywhere in the world without repercussion. I know for a fact this is incorrect information, and would love his job! I did finally get hold of the Italian Consulate in Halifax, but there has been no response to date.

Is there anyone out there that can offer some guidance or advise? I would appreciate anything that may help. Thanks!

Sincerely,
Badrap

2. Posted by badrap (Budding Member 3 posts) 9y

Quoting badrap

Please help!

I would like to travel to Italy but have recently been charged with Break and Enter and Criminal Harrassment. My court date is at the end of May. Last Fall I ended a two year relationship with a man who was seeing 3 other women intimately, 18, 23 and 53 while we were betrothed to each other. I discovered this after the relationship ended. I am 50 and he is 45. Shortly after, I entered his home with a key I had in my possession to remove my belongings; I did not damage his home or remove anything that did not belong to me, and he had me arrested for B&E. The Criminal Harrassment was added because of emails we mutually exchanged, which were in no way threatening. The latter was dropped as there clearly there were no grounds for such a charge.

I am a Canadian Citizen currently living outside of Toronto and now face 18 months probation and a 5 year record for the above. Until last Fall I have never before in my life had any brushes with the law whatsoever.

Presently I have an open invitation to go to Italy, and have been completely unsuccessful in acquiring any information regarding this issue. I have called ALL the Italian Consulates in Ontario, as per my lawyer's instruction, with no option of leaving a message. Some did not even speak English. The representative at the Italian Embassy told me that as long as I have a passport, which I do, I can travel anywhere in the world without repercussion. I know for a fact this is incorrect information, and would love his job! I did finally get hold of the Italian Consulate in Halifax, but there has been no response to date.

Is there anyone out there that can offer some guidance or advise? I would appreciate anything that may help. Thanks!

Sincerely,
Badrap

3. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Hello Badrap:)

I think unless u are a murderer, most of the authorities in Europe wont care about your criminal record, when u just want to come here, as a tourist. I dont think they will even check it, when u fly into Italy. If your probation officer says u can leave Canada, then go ahead.

There are some laws, in Europe, that are not enforced. For example, I am essentially living illegally in Germany, because I have not renewed my permit to be here, for 3 years. However, the authorities ignore it. So dont worry too much about the official rules.

Mel

[ Edit: Edited on May 4, 2007, at 2:35 AM by Mel. ]

4. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 9y

Best to inquire with your travel agent or the tourism board in the country you're visiting. Check with the Canadian Government too - they may be able to help steer you in the right direction. Anything we tell you here will be opinion, best guesses, and personal experience - which may turn out to be the wrong advice.

I'm sure there's an authority out there who can help. Good luck!

5. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Quoting tway

Best to inquire with your travel agent or the tourism board in the country you're visiting. Check with the Canadian Government too - they may be able to help steer you in the right direction. Anything we tell you here will be opinion, best guesses, and personal experience - which may turn out to be the wrong advice.

I'm sure there's an authority out there who can help. Good luck!

Tway
I get the impression, from what Badrap said, that she has been asking authorities, and has not been able to get a satisfactory answer, and that is why she is asking us.

6. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 9y

Quoting Mel.

Quoting tway

Best to inquire with your travel agent or the tourism board in the country you're visiting. Check with the Canadian Government too - they may be able to help steer you in the right direction. Anything we tell you here will be opinion, best guesses, and personal experience - which may turn out to be the wrong advice.

I'm sure there's an authority out there who can help. Good luck!

Tway
I get the impression, from what Badrap said, that she has been asking authorities, and has not been able to get a satisfactory answer, and that is why she is asking us.

True enough! Still, anything we say is only opinion. I don't know what the answer would be...

7. Posted by badrap (Budding Member 3 posts) 9y

Thank you all very much for taking the time to offer your suggestions and opinions. I do truly appreciate hearing form all of you!

Tway is correct in stating any answers that have been provided to me thus far have not only been unsatisfactory, but extremely varied as well. While the 'thread' responses may be speculative at best, it does offer additional fresh, alternative venues to investigate. I would have assumed the information provided to me by my lawyer should have proved sufficient; however, with the recommendations coming up empty at every turn I am somewhat frustrated and disheartened.

I shall certainly look further into the thoughts and ideas each of you has presented and hopefully will receive the concrete answers I require to travel with some semblance of confidence. Knowing my entry and exit is both smooth and uninterrupted will allow me to enjoy my trip, sans surprises!

Thank you to all once again and I will keep you posted!

Sincerely,
Christine.